Heat add Penney to its depleted roster
Copyright Palm Beach Post Nov 4, 2003
The Heat's distress call to guard Kirk Penney came at Sunday.
By Monday evening Penney, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound
"He's had a walk-through (practice) with us so he should be pretty up to speed," coach Stan Van Gundy quipped before the game, demonstrating he still can laugh about his team's injury problems.
With guard Eddie Jones unable to play Monday because of a strained right calf, the Heat found itself entering Monday's game against the Mavericks with just nine players on the roster, and almost as important, few scoring options.
Penney, whose name was incorrectly spelled P-e-n-n-y on the back of his No.
20 Miami jersey, was the best available solution because he's a shooter. He
went undrafted after concluding his career at
The two-time All-Big Ten selection attended the pre-draft camp in
Penney averaged 11.4 points for
"I thought I did pretty good," he said.
But it wasn't enough to impress the Timberwolves, and they cut him before the season.
There's no telling how long Penney will remain with the Heat, but the team placed forward Samaki Walker on the injured list, meaning he has to miss at least the next five games.
The Heat hopes to have all five of its starters available for Saturday's
Guard Dwyane Wade (left hip), Jones and forward Caron Butler (knee) are expected to join forward Lamar Odom and center Brian Grant in the starting lineup.
That would leave a bench of guards Penney, Rafer Alston and Bimbo Coles, forwards Malik Allen, Udonis Haslem and Jerome Beasley, and center Loren Woods.